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Our management

FBN Bank (UK) executive management team

We have a highly skilled, diverse, and internationally experienced leadership team. This senior team are well positioned as respected thought leaders and experts in African trade.

Leading the Bank

Paul Cardoen

Paul Cardoen

Chief Executive Officer

Paul Cardoen, the Bank’s CEO, is leading cross-cultural teams through major strategic and organisational change which will deliver significant growth for the Bank.

Paul’s key skills are his practical, hands-on approach in culturally diverse environments gained through extensive management experience across sub-Saharan Africa. He is also known for his promotion of ethical business conduct and organisational sustainability.

His banking experience includes developing businesses at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, BNP Paribas, the Trust Bank (Ghana) and Fortis Bank where he successfully transformed their banking, asset management, finance and wealth management businesses.

He has also served as a non-executive director with various companies in the UK, Turkey and Ghana advising on strategic direction and guiding business transformation

Paul completed his post-graduate studies at IMD (Switzerland), INSEAD (France) and holds master’s degrees from Belgium’s leading universities in Leuven and Brussels.


Setting and directing financial strategy

Samuel Aiyere

Samuel Aiyere

Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer

Sam Aiyere is the Bank’s Chief Financial Officer, leading and directing financial strategy and operations at the Bank.

He is an expert in strategic financial planning, capital and liquidity management, stress testing, regulatory reporting and managing market risk, gained through a career of more than 25 years in the banking sector.

His experience includes more than 16 years at the Bank, giving him an unrivalled perspective on the Bank and its mission to be the first-choice bank for clients proposing to do business in Africa.  

He is a qualified accountant and holds a bachelor of science degree with honours in accounting and an MBA with specialisation in business finance.


Protecting the Bank’s values and ethics

Susana White

Susana White

Chief Compliance Officer

Susana White is the Bank’s Chief Compliance Officer.  She leads the Bank on the implementation of its compliance and risk strategies and control-related issues

She is known as a values-driven leader, skilled at managing global teams of industry experts, with a strong record in successfully guiding and advising mission critical outcomes for FTSE 100 companies and boards at senior management level in Operations, Compliance, Risk and Control. 

Susana’s international experience, working at firms such as Barclays, RBS and as an independent advisor to the industry, covers all aspects of conduct of business, financial crime compliance and compliance best practice across multiple jurisdictions.

She is also Chair of the Risk, Governance and Compliance Board Committee at the Chelsea Children's Hospital Charity.

Susana holds a master’s degree in economics and business studies from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid and has completed further studies at the Compliance Academy, Judge Business School, Cambridge University.


Delivering operational excellence

Paul Gospage

Paul Gospage

Chief Operating Officer

Paul Gospage is the Bank’s Chief Operating Officer, ensuring that people, systems and processes combine to deliver the Bank’s business strategies as effectively, efficiently and safely as possible.

He is recognised in the industry as a leader who can oversee the strategic transformation of operational systems and processes. With 30 years in the industry, working in New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore and Dublin he has developed an unparalleled knowledge and understanding of front to back trade processing.

Prior to joining the Bank, Paul was COO at the Bank of London and the Middle East and spent 19 years at Merrill Lynch, variously as COO of Global Foreign Exchange, EMEA Corporate Services, Head of EMEA Operations and Head of Fixed Income Internal audit. Before that he was COO of EMEA IT at Credit Suisse.


Cultivating talent

Vanessa Trigg

Vanessa Trigg

Head of Human Resources

Vanessa Trigg is the Head of HR for the Bank, covering London, Paris and Lagos. She leads the Bank’s recruitment, retention and people development strategies in close collaboration with the Bank’s strategic business units.

Her expertise lies in organisational change and managing HR teams across large scale, global programs within matrix hierarchies. She has a deep understanding of HR practice within different multi-cultural environments.

Vanessa’s experience comes from a career spanning more than 25 years at institutions such as BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, Daiwa Securities Trust and Santander. 

She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Management.


Trusted legal advisor

Simon Nasta

Simon Nasta

General Counsel

Simon Nasta, the Bank’s General Counsel, is responsible for providing the legal advice that safeguards the Bank. 

Simon has experience on a range of international and domestic corporate finance transactions across a variety of industry sectors and a wide-ranging practice and experience covering general lending, compliance, employment and dispute resolution.

Simon has previously worked at Allen & Overy, Goldman Sachs Inc., The Royal Bank of Scotland plc and The Bank of London and The Middle East plc.

Simon is a qualified solicitor and is passionate about Africa, having an in-depth knowledge of African legal systems. He also gives pro bono legal support to African focused charity Alive & Kicking.


Connecting to francophone Africa

Olivier Noel

Olivier Noel

Managing Director of Paris Branch

Olivier Noel is Managing Director of the Paris branch of the Bank.

He has over 20 years of banking and finance experience, with a particular focus on Africa, working for organisations such as the IFC (part of the World Bank Group) in South Africa, Senegal and Cameroon, the Africa Merchant Bank in the Ivory Coast, and Belgolaise Bank (Fortis). 

Olivier provides management and oversight, as well as leading the Paris team, leveraging his expertise in investment solutions, trade finance, structured commodity finance and corporate banking services, for clients in the Eurozone-Africa trade corridor

Olivier has a degree in finance and economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and an MBA from the ESCP Europe Business School in Paris.


Enabling sustainable performance

Grace Igbiniyesu

Grace Igbiniyesu

Acting Chief Risk Officer

Grace Igbiniyesu is the Bank’s acting Chief Risk Officer, leading the risk management operations of the Bank.  With the Bank now at an important transformational stage, her goal is to build a robust risk culture that allows for a sustainable and predictable performance. 

Her extensive experience spans more than 25 years in roles that involved risk management and oversight, development risk frameworks, and front line risk support for Citigroup, Lloyds Bank and Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur (BMCE).

She has built risk structures around trade and corporate finance products across different countries in Africa, often acting as a guest credit risk reviewer to ensure consistency of processes. She has set up bespoke lending and risk control initiatives, established an African bank’s credit risk and portfolio management functions from scratch and worked as an in-house coach on risk matters aimed at continuously improving risk culture.

Grace has a degree in business administration and an MBA.